Photos: Retinal implants

Photos: Retinal implants

Summary: People who've lost their vision to retinal disease may soon benefit from research into ways to stimulate optic nerves.

TOPICS: Processors

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  • Structure of the eye

    In an eye suffering from age-related macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa, the photoreceptors of the retina die and eyesight is lost. A company called Optobionics is working on a chip that would be placed behind the retina, stimulating dying photoreceptors to continue translating light into neural signals.

  • Optobionics chip

    The Optobionics Artificial Silicon Retina chip, here seen on a penny, is just a few millimeters in diameter and thinner than a human hair. The chip's surface is covered with microscopic solar cells that gather energy from light entering the eye.

Topic: Processors

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